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2020-09-30 00:00:57

Why do British students leave home?

Why do British students leave home?

Every fall, British teenagers make a "mass migration": one and a half million of them leave home to go to university. Some travel short distances to UK universities, others travel long distances to Durham University, the University of Exeter and Falmouth University - these universities recruit more than 70% of their students from locations more than 100 miles.

The vast majority of UK students who go to university leave home. This is the natural state of affairs for Britain. Leaving home while attending university is a deeply ingrained part of English culture, a hallmark of British higher education. In the UK, in the 2017/18 academic year, more than 80% of full-time students left home to study. 48% of students live in hostels, 52% in the private sector. In Ireland, by contrast, half of the students live with their parents, and in Europe the picture is different from the British model: on average, 36% of European students live with their parents. Even in the United States, with a long tradition of on-campus placement, 40% of students live at home and 77% attend college in their state.

What is it like to live in a student residence?

Going to study in a new country is a big change: Living in a comfortable, safe environment is an important part of a successful study and making friends. English students choose Brighton, London or Cambridge, live in modern dormitories, live with local families.

Pros and cons of living in a student residence

Benefits :

  • Distance - When you live in a college dorm, all study facilities are within walking distance. Students do not get up early in the morning, they do not need to travel by bus or walk for a long time, spend money and time on travel.
  • The ability to quickly make friends - students live in the same building with potential friends from all over the world. The knowledge that everyone around them is going through the same experience of moving to a new country is supportive for students.
  • It is easier for students in the residence to find a partner for a study project or future residence: classmates are neighbors. Not only can you make new friends, but you can also find study partners. Students acquire teamwork skills: collaborative learning is a great way to reinforce knowledge and stay motivated. Students don't have to struggle with homework or a concept that's difficult to grasp alone.
  • Living on campus means you can eat at an on-site cafe or canteen. There is always a large selection of delicious, freshly prepared meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner, so you don't have to waste time shopping, preparing and washing dishes if you decide to stay in a self-service apartment.
  • Modern college dormitories are designed for comfortable living with all the necessary amenities: laundry facilities, Wi-Fi, common areas, lounges with TV.
  • Living independently creates a sense of responsibility and independence. Confidence will naturally grow as young people learn to take care of themselves, which will come in handy later in life.


  • Noise - living in a house with other teens. The staff of the residence provides peace and order, but the normal background here is the noise of voices, slamming doors, music. It's annoying when you need to sleep or focus on work.
  • Hustle and bustle - Living side by side with classmates can be tough if you're not used to being surrounded by so many people.
  • This is not a home away from home - students are surrounded by friends, teachers, administrative staff, but a significant part of the time young people spend alone in a room, they may feel homesick. For students accustomed to family comfort, homestay accommodation is the best choice.
  • Routine - accommodation in a residence, living on a schedule, stable environment, repetitive routes from college to dorm, canteen, standard menu in a cafe ... Monotony can get boring.
  • Isolation - living and studying in one place will take the effort to get off campus and explore the city, get to know the local culture.
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Egor Eremeev
Current material has been prepared by Egor Eremeev
Education: Westminster University (Business & Management), London.
Egor studied and lived in the UK for 8 years and graduated from the university of Westminster. He is currently the co-founder and the director of business development at Smapse Education and personally visits foreign schools and universities, interviews students studying in those institutions.
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